UFC 70

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UFC 70: Nations Collide
A poster or logo for UFC 70: Nations Collide.
Information
Promotion Ultimate Fighting Championship
Date April 21, 2007
Venue Manchester Evening News Arena
City Manchester, United Kingdom
Attendance 15,114 (12,708 paid)[1]
Total gate $2,628,472 (£1.3 million GBP)[2]
Event chronology
UFC 69: Shootout UFC 70: Nations Collide UFC 71: Liddell vs Jackson

UFC 70: Nations Collide was the second UFC event held in the United Kingdom, and the first in Manchester on Saturday, April 21, 2007. UFC 70 was also only the seventh UFC event held outside the United States, and the first since UFC 38. The card was broadcast live on pay-per-view in the United Kingdom and Ireland on Setanta Sports.[3]

The televised card on Spike TV drew a 1.84 overall rating (2.8 million viewers), and at its highest point, UFC 70 drew 3.5 million viewers for the main event.[4]

Background[edit]

2006 Pride World Grand Prix Open-Weight Champion, Mirko Filipović fought Heavyweight contender Gabriel Gonzaga in the main event to determine the top contender for the UFC Heavyweight Championship held by Randy Couture.[5]

The card also featured Michael Bisping fighting in England for the UFC for the first time against UFC veteran Elvis Sinosic and Andrei Arlovski taking on prize fighter and training partner of Mirko Filipović, Fabricio Werdum who was making his UFC debut.

Reports have indicated that the UFC was targeting this event for its debut on HBO, but negotiations with HBO were not completed in time for UFC 70. As a result, the card instead aired on Spike TV in North America at 9 pm EDT on a 6-hour tape delay.[6]

Lyoto Machida was originally scheduled to fight Forrest Griffin at this event, but Griffin became ill with a staph infection and could not compete on the card.[7]

Results[edit]

Main card
Weight class Method Round Time Notes
Heavyweight Gabriel Gonzaga def. Mirko Filipović KO (head kick) 1 4:51
Heavyweight Andrei Arlovski def. Fabricio Werdum Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–27, 30–27) 3 5:00
Light Heavyweight Michael Bisping def. Elvis Sinosic TKO (strikes) 2 1:40
Light Heavyweight Lyoto Machida def. David Heath Decision (unanimous) (30–27, 30–26, 30–27) 3 5:00 [a]
Heavyweight Cheick Kongo def. Assuerio Silva Decision (majority) (29–28, 29–28, 28–28) 3 5:00
Preliminary card
Lightweight Terry Etim def. Matt Grice Submission (guillotine choke) 1 4:45 [b]
Lightweight Junior Assuncao def. David Lee Submission (rear naked choke) 2 1:55
Light Heavyweight Alessio Sakara def. Victor Valimaki TKO (strikes) 1 1:44
Welterweight Jess Liaudin def. Dennis Siver Submission (armbar) 1 1:19 [c]
Welterweight Paul Taylor def. Edilberto de Oliveira TKO (strikes) 3 :37
  1. ^ This match was shown on the pay-per-view but was not shown on the Spike TV broadcast.
  2. ^ This preliminary bout was aired on the Spike TV broadcast after the Kongo-Silva fight, but was not shown on the pay-per-view broadcast.
  3. ^ This preliminary bout was aired on the pay-per-view, but not aired on the Spike TV broadcast.


Bonus awards[edit]

The bonuses for this event were $30,000 each.

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.sherdog.com/news/articles.asp?n_id=7335
  2. ^ "UFC draws capacity crowd in Manchester". Virtual Manchester. 2007-04-22. Retrieved 2007-04-22. 
  3. ^ Whitehead, Lee (2007-03-08). "LONDON CALLING: UFC & CAGE RAGE LOCK HORNS". MMAWeekly.com. Retrieved 2007-03-09. 
  4. ^ Alvarez, Bryan (2007-04-24). "UFC 70 rating". F4WOnline.com. Retrieved 2007-04-24. 
  5. ^ Mass Republican (2007-02-15). "Fighter faces Ultimate Challenge". Retrieved 2007-02-15. 
  6. ^ Trembow, Ivan (2007-03-13). "UFC 70 WILL AIR ON SPIKE TV WITH TAPE DELAY". MMAWeekly.com. Retrieved 2007-03-13. 
  7. ^ Gerbasi, Thomas (2007-03-15). "David Heath to Replace Griffin against Machida at UFC 70". UFC.com. Retrieved 2007-03-15. 

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